God didn’t call you to be a victim. He called you to victory.

At the outset of his book, Nehemiah is informed that the few living in Jerusalem—God’s holy city—was living in shame because the walls are burnt down and in ruins. In short, they were a people living as victims in a world that wanted to keep them as such.

A few chapters later, we read that Nehemiah was able to rally the people to build that wall in 52 short days. Though there were several challenges (primarily by the unholy trinity of Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem), it only took one man of God to rally the people and finish nearly 5 miles of rebuilding in a little over 7 weeks.

Mark 10:27 tells us: Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.”

We need to get beyond looking at our circumstances as benchmarks of God’s power and miracle working ability. Our lives might be in ruins. We might not have any defenses left. We might be the scorn and ridicule of those around us. However, none of these circumstances should limit our faith in God’s ability to do with us as he has determined.

In other words, our circumstance doesn’t change the fact that: “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37

Had Nehemiah looked at his own resources, influence, ability, or other circumstances, he would have never believed he had what was necessary to rebuild the wall. Had he focused on his own abilities, he would have never fulfilled his divine destiny or had the strength to move on in spite of the opposition he faced. He would have remained a victim in sorrow of a bad situation, but paralyzed by the feeling of powerlessness that plagues everyone who just doesn’t feel capacitated enough to make a difference.

Always remember, one of the primary goals of the enemy is to try and take your eyes off of Jesus and to instead focus on the present trials and tribulations that we face. The moment we place our focus on ourselves instead of on God, we begin the slow paradigm shift of moving from a mentality of victor into the mentality of victim.